In today’s society, we’re often driven by the desire to throw things away as soon as they reach a point where they don’t look as perfect as they did when we purchased them. From that new kitchen appliance to the new electronics you’ve just installed in your living room, we’re all too often replacing what we have with more up to date options as soon as they are available. Despite this common occurrence, in interior design, there’s been a shift over the past few years that has seen decorators and designers bring back and restore old pieces of furniture or upcycle old things that you might have thought useless. So how can you use your old, tired or distressed furniture to give your home an inspired, fresh look? We explore a few unique ideas below.
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Upcycling Your Garden Equipment
Many people think that the garden is the garden and your home is your home. In other words, that the two spaces shouldn’t mix., However this traditional view of things is starting to disappear as many designers see the potential of introducing elements to the home that you’d usually only find in the garden. Two good examples of this are wheelbarrows and wooden ladders. An old, metal wheelbarrow can be adapted into a shining metal chair if angled correctly and filled with colourful, soft cushions, and a set of wooden ladders makes for a great bespoke shelf if turned horizontally and placed against the wall. You could even repaint them to give them some real character.
Deck out Your Kitchen with Reclaimed Furniture
The kitchen is commonly the hub of the modern home, and this means that it’s essential that it is full of personality and bespoke flair. That’s because it’s probably one of the most often inhabited rooms of a home. So, instead of purchasing a kitchen table that looks like it’s straight off the shelf, why not order something a little but more unique. Stores like Trade Furniture Company sell reclaimed wooden tables that would make family meals a real pleasure.
An Authenticity to Your Bathroom
A final way that you could use old or tired looking materials to improve your home could be in the bathroom. Bathrooms are notoriously difficult to look unique. Most people’s bathrooms are white with accents of blue or green, but with some of the pieces, your bathroom could go from generic to unique instantly. Try replacing the floor of your shower with a wooden surface. The roughness of wood is not only good for your feet, but it will also add a tonne of personality to what can otherwise be just a piece of practical equipment in an otherwise average room.
As you can see, there are ways to use old and distressed objects that can make your home feel special and fresh, why not try some out?